According to a report from the Walton Tribune, Mark Banks has announced his intention to challenge Chuck Bagley for the District 2 seat on the Walton County Board of Commissioners.
Banks is a former member of the Walton County Board of Education and the Walton County Tax Assessor Board. Earlier this year Banks left his position on the board of education to run for the District 107 seat on the state house of representatives, a race he eventually lost to Paul Smith and winner Tom Kirby.
The Walton County Tribune reports that Banks states his primary focus will be dealing with the budget. In a quote on the Tribune, Banks states, “The budget is always the biggest hurdle. I know they’re dipping into their reserves and we have to stop that. It’s tough times for everybody and the government needs to mirror the people voting. We have to separate our needs from our wants.”
On the announcement from Banks, incumbent Chuck Bagley stated, “I asked him directly, and he finally said, yes, he was going to be running."
Chuck Bagley, a retired small business owner and Republican, recently launched his re-election bid for the Walton County BOC. Bagley previously served as a city councilman in Loganville before moving up to the county level back in 2009. Bagley currently represents Walton County as the vice chairman of the Federal Police Committee and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia. He served on the budget committee twice during his first term with the BOC.
Bagley states on his website, “I am seeking re-election because I know I have made a positive difference in District 2 and all of Walton County. I have the time, energy and desire to continue informing, educating and serving the citizens of Walton County if they will have me.”